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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Faith In America: The Romney Speech

Powerline has the complete speech video
I am biased as a Mitt supporter but I thought it was an excellent speech. The response from the crowd was very enthusiastic. The text is here if you did not get to listen to it. I will post the video when I can find the code. Here are some of my favorite lines. Hot Air has the video of course.

"As a young man, Lincoln described what he called America's 'political religion' – the commitment to defend the rule of law and the Constitution. When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your President, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.

"It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it's usually a sound rule to focus on the latter – on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people.

"We should acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders – in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our Constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.

"Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. 'They were too divided in religious sentiments', what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

"Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

"And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.


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Ron Simpson said...

I found two quotes to be outstanding.

Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.

Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government.

Those are the two that stood out to me.

Cameron said...

I thought he did a great job as well. I'd like to read it some more and think about what it is he said, but my first reaction is very positive.